USI Volleyball looks to rebound with three-match homestand

University of Southern Indiana Volleyball looks to bounce back from a five-match losing streak when it begins a three-match homestand, starting Friday at 7 p.m. when it hosts Rockhurst University in a Great Lakes Valley Conference match at the Physical Activities Center.
USI (3-12, 1-6 GLVC) also hosts Drury University in a GLVC match Saturday at 3 p.m. before concluding the home stretch October 10 when it hosts Oakland City University at 7 p.m.

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USI Volleyball Notes
Rough week for USI Volleyball.
The Screaming Eagles went 0-3 last week, dropping three-set decisions to Bellarmine University, McKendree University and the University of Illinois Springfield. Sophomore outside hitter Mikaila Humphrey (Floyd Knobs, Indiana) averaged 2.56 kills per set to lead the Eagles, while junior setter Erika Peoples (Bloomington, Illinois) added 7.50 assists and 1.17 blocks per set.

Slow starts hampering Eagles. USI got off to slow starts in all nine sets this past week. The Eagles rallied to tighten the score in several of those frames, but could not complete any comebacks.

GLVC statistical watch. USI has four players ranked in the top 10 of the GLVC to begin the week. Senior middle hitter Te’Ayla Whitfield (Fort Wayne, Indiana) ranks ninth in the GLVC with a team-high 1.04 blocks per set, while freshman setter Casey Cepicky (St. Louis, Missouri) is ninth in the league with 6.88 assists per frame. Humphrey ranks 10th in the league with a team-best 3.00 kills per set, while senior libero Shannon Farrell (Munster, Indiana) ranks 10th in the conference with a team-high 4.42 digs per stanza.

Record watch. Senior libero Shannon Farrell (Munster, Indiana) ranks second all-time at USI with 1,593 career digs. Farrell is chasing former USI standout libero Kayla Heldman, who amassed a school-record 1,848 career digs from 2010-13.

Scouting the opposition. Rockhurst, which hosts Maryville University Tuesday night, begins the week with a 12-4 overall record and a 4-2 mark in GLVC play, good enough for second in the GLVC West Division. Drury, which leads the GLVC West Division heading into its battle with McKendree Tuesday night, opens the week with a 14-2 overall record and a 6-1 mark in GLVC action. Both Rockhurst and Drury are receiving votes in the latest AVCA Top 25

Oakland City, which visits St. Mary’s of the Woods College Saturday, opens the week with a 10-7 record.